Ear Snacks: Songs from the PodcastSpring 2017 Music
This round-up of 14 songs by children's music recording artists Andrew and Polly (Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall) comes from the first season of the duo's "Ear Snacks" family podcast. Woven through with lively repartee and kids' voices, this quirky, smart mix is deepened by expert musicality, child-savvy layers, and a creative partnership with a singular perspective: a line about iconic conceptual artist John Baldesarri is a sly addition to the sports-mining alphabet song, "Ballphabet"; the "Everybody Hat Hat" song comes with giggly riddles and … pickle sounds; "How Can You Tell If It's Going to Rain?" points out that being prepared is a good thing, but so is making the most of the unexpected ("splish-splash."); and in "Thank you for the Box," it's not the gift, it's the box, of course ("I like to sit in it and read while I wear my reading socks.") The CD comes with a "Snacktivity" booklet, 20 pages of suggested activities ranging from silly fun ("sing your favorite song like a robot") to thought-provoking ("write a letter to future you").